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Healthcare adds 31,000 jobs in October, though nursing homes shed staff

Ambulatory healthcare businesses added 18,500 jobs in the month.

Henry Powderly, Editor-in-Chief

Healthcare businesses added 31,000 jobs in October, slightly lower than the 33,000 added in the previous month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday.

Overall the report, which will be last jobs report before the presidential election on November 8, showed the U.S. economy added 161,000 jobs in the month and the overall unemployment fell to 4.9 percent.

According to the DOL, healthcare has added 415,000 jobs in the past 12 months.

[Also: Healthcare adds 33,000 jobs in September, though diagnostic labs shed staff]

Ambulatory healthcare businesses, which include outposts like doctors offices, dentists offices, outpatient centers and clinics among others, added 18,500 jobs in the month.

Hospitals represented the second-highest job creator in the sector, adding 12,700 jobs.

Nursing care facilities were the only segment to see its workforce shrink, shedding 2,300 jobs in the month.

Here's the seasonally adjusted breakdown for the healthcare sector. All numbers are in thousands:

Industry Oct. 2015 Aug. 2016 Sept. 2016 Oct. 2016 Change
Industry Oct. 2015 Aug. 2016 Sept. 2016 Oct. 2016 Change
Healthcare 15,232.60 15,588.10 15,617.40 15,647.90 30.5
Ambulatory healthcare 6,951.70 7,160.60 7,184.10 7,202.60 18.5
Physicians offices 2,560.10 2,618.10 2,626.10 2,629.60 3.5
Dentists offices 915.7 940.2 944.1 946.6 2.5
Other healthcare offices 821.6 868.4 870.2 874.5 4.3
Outpatient care centers 753.8 785.7 790.6 794.8 4.2
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 261.1 259.2 259.5 260.4 0.9
Home healthcare services 1,346.80 1,395.60 1,400.20 1,404.20 4
Other ambulatory healthcare 292.5 293.4 293.5 292.5 -1
Hospitals 4,973.00 5,098.70 5,104.50 5,117.20 12.7
Nursing and residential care facilities 3,307.90 3,328.80 3,328.80 3,328.10 -0.7
Nursing care facilities 1,657.10 1,657.20 1,657.30 1,655.00 -2.3
Residential mental health facilities 607.6 612.8 613.2 614.2 1
Community care facilities for the elderly 881.9 895.7 894.2 894.5 0.3
Other residential care facilities 161.3 163.1 164.1 164.4 0.3

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